There is one of the most beautiful buildings of Stockholm - Riddarhuset behind the Riddarholmsbron bridge on Stadholmen island. It was constructed by the architect J de la Balle in thestyle of baroque in the XVII century.
It is easy to notice the word "riddar" - "knight" sounds in the name of the island, and in the name of the bridge, and in the name of the building. It is connected with the fact that representatives of the Swedish nobility lodged there in the XVII century. "The knightly house", Riddarhuset, was intended for regular aristocratic assemblies, therefore it had another "Noble assembly". In the front of the main facade the king Gustav Vasa monument is installed. The statue of the chancellor Aksel Oksenshern, the customer of a building is placed at the back facade.
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Having gone down on Wrangelska Backen street by a palace, you will appear on the coastal Evert Taubes terrass. A magnificent view on the Town hall opens from there.
The terrace is named by a name of the poet and the musician, the monument to whom is installed there.
There are three more residences near to Wrangelska palatset: Schering Rosenshoen (architect N.Tessin - younger, 1650), Hasselstein palace (architect N.Tessin - younger, 1680) and Stenbock palace (architect N.Tessin - the senior, 1640-1677).
The palace of Charles Gustav Vrangel (Wrangelska palatset) is located on the western side of Birger Jarls Torg. The palace was built in the XVII century with the powerful round tower. It reminds of power of medieval kings.
The Swedish monarches including Charles XII lived there after a fire in the Royal palace. He brought a royal oath there in 1697.
It is possible to see gravestones almost all Swedish monarches in the church. The oldest burial place (in the front of an altar) - Magnus Ladulos (1290), who was the founder of a church and a monastery. Gustav IV Adolf is buried in the most beautiful marble sarcophagus.
The church is open for visiting. On 15th May - 15th August Monday - Sunday, 10.00-17.00.16-31th August: Monday - Sunday 10.00-16.00, Saturday - Sunday 12.00-15.00.
Riddarholmen island can be found out from apart on a unusual openwork spike of the main island sight - the brick church Riddarholmskyrkan. It is one of the most well-known churches of Stockholm, its construction began in the XIII century. The temple belonged to a monastery of Franciscans those time.
Chapels were repeatedly attached to a Gothic temple during centuries. In the XVIII century its interior was updated in style of a baroque. In 1835 a lightning destroyed a bell tower of a temple which was built up anew and was topped with a carved iron spike.
If you are through with the Gamla Stan, you will find even more pretty baroque houses in the Riddarholmen area, adjacent to the Gamla Stan on the island of Stadsholmen. The "riddarhuis" is famous because it contains the coat of arms of every noble family of Sweden.
This has a separate tip as it is the most famous building on the island mentioned above, and quite beautiful and historic it is too. Apart from Queen Kristina who died in Rome, all Swedish royalties from Gustav II Adolf 1632 and onwards are buried here, and so are several of the Medieval ones like Magnus Ladulås. It is no longer a parish church, which means that it is closed to visitors in winter but summertime you can stroll around at your own leasure (mid May to mid September).
Directions: Its spire can be seen all over town. Access Riddarholmen from the Old Town.
A medieval part of the city, on a smaller island next to the Old Town. Its most famous sight is the distinctive Riddarholmskyrkan church which has its separate tip below, but there is also the court rooms in the old Wrangelska Palace (the white one in the picture) and you get a very good view of the City Hall across the water from here.
Directions: Follow the bridge across from the Old Town towards the distinctive spire of the Riddarholmen church.
Whilst Fjällgatan that I mentioned earlier gives you a seaside panorama of the eastern Old Town, Skeppsholmen island and the Djurgården park landscape, along with views of the comings and goings of ferries and cruise ships, Mariaberget is quieter but gives equally nice views, this time of the City Hall across the water and of Lake Mälaren, Riddarholmen with its historic buildings and Västerbron, the characteristic bridge linking Söder to Kungsholmen. Go for a walk along Montelius väg, a pedestrian path on the cliffs, and you will see what I mean.
Directions: Follow Hornsgatan uphill from Slussen and turn towards the lake when it gets scenic.
The island of Riddarholmen is right next to Gamla Stan and thus only a short walk from there. The landmark of Riddarholmen is the Church with the interesting steeple! The church is the resting place for all the Swedish Royals. When we decided to visit the church on our last day in Stockholm we could not go inside, since there was a TV commercial being shot just outside the church and so the entrance was closed! Well, next time.....
Next to the church you will find a square with a statue of the founder of Stockholm, Birger Jarl.
You also have a fantastic view of the Stadshuset from Riddarholmen!
Directions: over the bridge from Gamla Stan
An important building at Riddarholmen is the church called Riddarholmskyrkan. This beautiful building was built in 1270, ordered by the King Magnus Birgersson. Originally it started as a church belonging to the cloister of the Franciscans. But in 1527 these Franciscans left the building, and the Riddarholmskyrkan became an important church for the Royal family. From this year on lots of Swedish Kings and Queens were buried here.You'll find the large tombes here of Gustav II, Charles III, Charles John XIV, Gustav III, and all the other graves of the Swedish Kings and Queens except Queen Christina.
From the outside the church has a Gothical look, with a tall, open tower. Because of a lack of space, during the centuries there were attached three little chapels to the church, and a crypt was dug. At night the church looks great from the Birger Jarl square in front of it, with the old lampposts and the picturesque pavements.
At the West of Gamla Stan, the small island of Riddarholmen, Knight's Island, is situated. It's also part of the historical centre of Stockholm and is completely filled with the most beautiful old buildings.
The central square of the island, the one you enter when you cross the bridge, is Birger Jarl Square. Here you can see a statue of the man who founded the city of Stockholm 750 years ago. Around this square you can see two large palaces and the impressive Riddarholmskyrkan.
What you really should do when you are in the city, is have a walk along the island during or right after sunset. From the westside of the island you'll have a fantastic view of the Malar Lake, of the other island of the city and of the Cityhall that is just at the other side of the water. You'll see the very small alleys you can walk through, with the original cobble stones, and for the rest you'll most probably won't see anything at all. After sunset this island is very quiet, and a great place to relax.
At the southern banks of the island there is a big, white ship called Malardrottningen. This once was the private yacht of the American millionair Barbara Hutton, but today it's used as a nice hotel in the very centre of Stockholm.
There is a church in the western part of Gamla Stan [called Riddarholmen], which was [although Swedes don't surprise me anymore] pretty interesting actually... When you enter it, there's a spot where you can pick up all kinds of brochures, which is cool. But when you go a bit deeper into the church, you get to see a tourist bureau on the right & nothing less than a restaurant on the left! So, if you're lost or hungry, you're in the right place! ;)
If you go westward of the church, you'll get to some docks with great views of Södermalm, Stadshuset, Västerbron aso. After walking around the street, just cross the canal to get to Gamla Stan & enjoy!
Riddarholmen was as I previously mentioned the place where the CHurch of the Knights were built. During the 17th century when Sweden became a European super power under the Carolingian Kings (and before them too) something had to be done to make the capital look more impressive and super power like so a lot of palaces and stuff were built. Many of them privately owned by the nobles and built on the Riddarholmen island with the support of the Majesty.
Today RIddarholmen is home of the church but also of many judiciary bodies who now reside in the old buildings here.
In the picture you can see Birger Jarl's Square, just north of the church. Birger Magnusson was a Jarl (a kind of King) in the 13th century and is today known simply as Birger Jarl.